Quick Ashes details
|Teams:||Australia vs. England|
|Who is hosting:||Australia|
|Dates:||November 17 to January 2018|
|Venues:||The Gabba, Adelaide Oval, the WACA Ground, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sydney Cricket Ground|
The 2017-18 Ashes will be fought out over five Tests between Australia and England in the 2017-18 Australian Summer. The Aussies are the bookies elect to win the series at $1.40, while some bookies have England as long as $4 to cause an upset. BettingSite.com.au will be covering the Ashes extensively from a betting perspective. You can navigate around this page with the tabs at the top.
2017-18 Ashes Test dates
|First Test:||November 23-27||The Gabba||Read|
|Second Test:||December 2-6||Adelaide Oval||To come|
|Third Test:||December 14-18||WACA||To come|
|Fourth Test:||December 26-30||MCG||To come|
|Fifth Test:||January 4-8||SCG||To come|
***NOTE: Test cricket is moving from the WACA Ground to the new Perth Stadium and, with the development of the new cricket haven ahead of schedule, the Perth Test could be held there. If not, this will probably be the WACA’s swan song. Full 2017-18 Ashes tour fixture
Fifth Test betting
Ashes series futures betting
|To regain/retain Ashes||$1.40||$2.87|
|First Test H2H||$1.72||$3.35|
|Player of the Series||D Warner $5.50||Joe Root $7|
|Draw No Bet||$1.41||$2.80|
|To Win The Toss||$1.87||$1.87|
There are a variety of betting markets available on the Ashes, for both the series and individual matches. Here we will outline a few:
Series Result: This bet type is the most simple. You have three options, Australia, England or draw, and you just have to back the result you think will occur.
Draw no bet: This shortens the odds on the Aussies and Poms, but also removes the draw risk from the equation. If the match is drawn, you get your money back.
Correct series score: It gets harder here. Not only do you have to pick the winner of the series, but you also have to correctly predict exactly how many Tests each team will win.
Double chance: This one gives you two bites of the cherry. You can bet England or Australia and if either of them wins, you get paid. But, if it’s a draw. You’re cooked. Similarly, you can back England or draw, or Australia or draw.
Player props: Here’s where it gets really tough, but also really enjoyable. Pick your favourite players and follow their success. Back your player to score the most runs or take the most wickets – across the entire series – and you’ll be rolling in it if they have massive performances.
To regain/retain The Ashes: Simply, back the team you think will be holding the Ashes at the end of the series. If the Ashes holder either wins or draws the series, then you win if you back them, but the team that is chasing the Ashes must win the series to reclaim it.
Match day betting:
Win draw win: Similar to the series result, except this applies to each match. You have to find the result of the Test, whether it is Australia, England or draw.
Highest opening partnership: Which side has the best openers? Back them in to outscore their opponent’s opening pair in each innings. All they have to do is have more runs on the board than their opponent when the first wicket falls in each innings.
Draw no bet: Again, this one is similar to the series one, except it removes the draw from the equation from the game. It can be especially helpful when rain is forecast, because you will get your money back if there happens to be a ton of play lost due to the bad weather.
Player props: Last one that’s similar to the series player props. Except it applies to each innings of each individual Test match. So back the guy you think will take the most wickets or make the most runs in each innings of the match.
There was a time there for a while when you could just load up on Australia at short odds and know that they would get the job done. But the days of Warne, Waugh, Ponting and company are long gone. Both teams are almost on a level playing field, so you can never be complacent. You see, that’s the thing with Ashes cricket. Even when you think you know, you don’t know. Bet accordingly.
Back the home side: These days, it genuinely feels like a 50-50 every time an Ashes series rolls around. And that means both sides have strong claims. Often though, the home team knows its home conditions and that should hold them in good stead. The Aussies, with their fast, bouncy wickets love the rock coming onto them, while the Poms are the kings of swing and play it just as well as they bowl it on their slow, low, seaming decks.
Form goes out the door: Usually we would say “make sure you look at the form” before you bet on an event, but we only pay passing interest to this when it comes to the Ashes. These two teams are capable of producing stunning results, even when nothing is going their way. They both lift for each other, which produces high quality, often thrilling cricket.
Back the best: The blokes with bat and ball who spearhead their attacks are usually the men who stand up in the face of Ashes pressure. Steve Smith and David Warner for the Aussies always tend to produce, while Joe Root is a monster for the Englishmen. Follow the champions with player betting. That’s where the cash is.
Betting on individual player markets can be a lucrative pastime for those who follow a sport closely. In cricket, often the extraordinary happens, and the Ashes are no exception. BettingSite.com.au has examined some of the key players for the 2017-18 Ashes series and the individual markets they are in.
Online bookmakers pull out all the stops whenever the Ashes tour rolls around. Punters can indulge in dozens of bonus offers, betting specials and daily promotions throughout the series, including a range of exclusive, one-off deals you will not find anywhere else. See our Ashes promo page to learn more about the latest bookie offers.
You’ve made the day-long flight from the UK, you’re sitting in the bar with a beer in hand, and you want to put a few bets on the Ashes. Unfortunately, recent changes to local gambling laws mean you won’t be able to use your UK betting apps in Australia. There are a few workarounds, however, which are detailed here.
Ashes History: 1882-2017
Cricket’s greatest rivalry. Australia, England, battling it out for that little urn. The Ashes is the cricket series to end all series, pitting the traditional rivals against each other in a test of will and skill.
First played in 1882, the term The Ashes, is derived from the famous obituary, published in British newspaper The Sporting Times, in 1882, which stated English cricket had died and “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”. It was the first time Australia had beaten the Poms on their home soil and sent the nation into mourning.
It finally showed that Australia was a viable opponent and led to the rivalry as we know it today.
The Ashes urn, which remains at the MCC Museum, at the storied Lords in England, is believed to contain the ashes of a cricket bail, although historians are only 95 per cent sure that is fact.
The rich history of the Ashes has produced some of the greatest series and single test matches you will ever see.
Played over five Tests since 1998, Australia dominated for many years, winning eight in a row between 1989 and 2003 before England claimed a 2-1 victory, that was followed by a 5-0 whitewash by the Aussies in 2007 – the first time that had occurred.
Since then, the Poms have won three straight, with Australia briefly grabbing them back in 2014, before surrendering them the next year.
England are the current holders of the Ashes.
If there is one thing cricket fans love doing it is comparing players from different eras: “Ricky Ponting doesn’t hold a candle to the great batsman of the 50s” echoed around households as the young Tasmanian put the Poms to sword again… well for most of the 90s and 00s. But then there is alway someone who wheels out the statistics books. If you want some fun Ashes statistical facts, check out our Ashes Stats page.
The most storied statistically current Australian or English player is ex-England captain Alastair Cook, who needs just 400 runs to, to move into the top 10 scorers in Ashes history. A top 10 which includes Ponting, Allan Border, Don Bradman and the great English batsmen like Jack Hobbs.
The great Australian sides featuring Sir Donald Bradman are hard to top for their feats in the 1930s and 40s, but the Australian team which decimated the old enemy between 1989-2003 is also in the conversation. While these two teams are Australia’s best, England has also had periods of dominance, including winning the first eight Ashes series. They have also had the best of the recent years, having won three successive times, before briefly giving it away in 2014. England is the current champions.
Past Ashes results
Australia and England have both won the Ashes 32 times, but in recent times, it has been England with the wood over their old enemy. Out of the last five series England has recorded four victories, although this is somewhat tarnished by Australian winning the 2014-15 series 5-0. View all results.
England won 3-2 in England: England wrapped up the Test series in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge, regaining the Ashes urn, despite the best efforts of Steve Smith, who announced himself as a force with 215 in the second Test. But in the end, the Aussies’ batting frailties let them down in England over the course of the five match series, with Smith the only one who truly looked capable. The Aussies saved some face with a fifth Test win, which was set up by a dominant first innings batting performance. Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle helped the Aussies bowl out England, missing James Anderson, twice.
Australia won 5-0 in Australia: It was a dominant performance from Australia, recording only the third Ashes clean sweep in history. Mitchell Johnson was scary in the 14-15 summer with 37 wickets, being named man of the match three times; and ultimately he was crowned player of the series. It had only been three months since England defeated Australia at home, but it was a completely different ball game on the pace friendly decks down under.
England 3-0 in England: Some matches were close but England always held the upper hand in this Test series, winning Trent Bridge, Lords and the Riverside Ground. The matches at Old Trafford and The Oval ended in drawn outcomes. Ian Bell was the star for England, topping the series runs with 562. Shane Watson was Australia’s top scorer in the series and Michael Clarke’s 187 at Old Trafford were highlights. Graeme Swann’s 26 wickets were probably the difference between the two teams. How Australia would have loved SK Warne in this series.
- England won 3-1 in Australia: Australia was leading the head to head series wins 31-29 heading into this one and they had not won down under since the 1986-87 summer. But this was all about to change with the home team in the midst of a rebuild, not even the brilliant Michael Hussey (averaged over 60 for the series) was enough to stop England, who were led superbly from a near-record breaking performance from Alastair Cook, who clubbed 766 runs and frustrated the Aussies the entire series. England eventually won the series 3-1, but wrapped it up when they won the Boxing Day Test.
England won 2-1 in England: Amazingly after being whipped by the Aussies in 2006-07 in Australia, England bounced back to win at home, claiming the Ashes 2-1. They survived some anxious moments, especially when they escaped with a draw in the first ever Ashes Test played at Cardiff, in Wales. The great Ricky Ponting surpassed the 11,000 Test runs and became Australia’s greatest ever Test run scorer during the series. Andrew Flintoff was also playing his last Test series for England, his crowning moment coming at Lord’s when his five-for guided England to its first win at the ground in 75 years. It all came down to the fifth Test with the Aussies needing a draw to retain the Ashes. The Aussies found themselves needing 546 with two days to play to win. A rearguard action from Michael Hussey (121) was great, but England ended up victorious.
Best Ashes bookmakers for the 2017-18 series
Every Australian online bookie already has extensive betting markets on the Ashes series, including on the first Test at Brisbane. It will pay to keep an eye on all the online betting sites offers and bonuses in the days leading up to the series opener. Sportsbet.com.au is our no.1 bookie for Australian summer of cricket, but the reality is there are plenty of options. William Hill, Neds.com.au and Crownbet are all popular with punters in Australia.
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